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Old 2013-03-06, 00:49   #1
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Question There is -no- such thing as a stupid question?

Who ever said that never ran into a reporter or news reader.

"Is this [the flyby of 2012 DA14] an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?"

http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/02/12/C...6711360683868/



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Old 2013-03-06, 00:52   #2
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Words fail me.
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Old 2013-03-06, 00:53   #3
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< That best describes my feelings.
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Old 2013-03-06, 01:03   #4
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Don't know whether to laugh or cry....
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Old 2013-03-06, 02:34   #5
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Not stupid at all. We may comment here for ages, but they took the money for it. It just shows how ridiculous these people became in pushing their global warming shit around...
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Old 2013-03-06, 03:13   #6
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I could make that question sound possible to some extent but not really.
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Old 2013-03-06, 03:32   #7
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Perfectly sensible question - GW causes the atmosphere to thicken and extend further out into space, thus increasing Earth's "capture cross section". (Economists are still debating whether this means that GW is "inflationary", and thus should have targets set by the world's central banks).

The real question the reporter should have asked is, was it arthropodean global warming, or the australopithecine kind?
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My middle-school teacher taught me that there are no stupid questions --
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Perfectly sensible question - GW causes the atmosphere to thicken and extend further out into space, thus increasing Earth's "capture cross section".
2012 DA14 did not get near any significant atmosphere. This was a lead up question before the event.
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If we want to judge the news anchor's performance here, the right question to ask is whether she has correctly assumed the level of naivity of the bulk of her audience. Its not her place to air her own knowledge of the nature of the asteroid bypass: that's for the interviewee to do.

I fear that she probably pitched her question about right. But that's not to blame her audience particularly either.

How many people here learned about Near Earth Objects and the hazards of Earth impact as part of their general, compulsory school education? What level of insight is there on the subject amongst non-specialist members of the public? Has this general awareness changed at all since the recent astonishing same-day occurrence of a (predicted) very close asteroid bypass and the (unpredicted) impact of a smaller object in Russia?
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If we want to judge the news anchor's performance here, the right question to ask is whether she has correctly assumed the level of naivity of the bulk of her audience. Its not her place to air her own knowledge of the nature of the asteroid bypass: that's for the interviewee to do.
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